Every so often I take a moment and take stock of how I am feeling with my life.
Do I feel fulfilled? Can I see myself 2 years from now doing the same thing and being happy? Would I look back when I’m 85 and think, “I’m damn proud of how that 31 year old lady spent her time.”
Would I look back when I’m 85 and think, “I’m damn proud of how that 31 year old lady spent her time.”Tweet
Sometimes the answer to that question was “No.” It was “no” when I took a break (that hasn’t ended) from full-time film-making 5 years ago. It was “no” when I quit my job last January to go look for a new one. And now, when I look at my blog, my YouTube channel and my illustration work the answer is, “almost.”
I am damn proud of the work I have done so far and the (sometimes insane) amount of work I have put into everything but I feel like I need to pick an end-goal to help keep my head on straight. A north star if you will. And as the title of this post suggests, I intend to make publishing kids books my next focus.
What does that means for this blog? Well, it’s about to get a whole lot more playful around here. Playful, but still spooky.
I love the playfully dark things in life and the stories I want to bring into the world still fit right in. Think, the Addams Family, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Secret of NIMH, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Goosebumps. That’s my playground and I am ready to commit my focus to making my own stories to add to the world.
I am ready to commit my focus to making my own stories to add to the world.
To help myself achieve this goal I need to practice storytelling, I need to understand the market, and I need to create. These goals will be reflected by my content across all platforms. And some of the ways I plan to hone my craft will include:
- Reviewing books similar to the ones I want to make
- This will help me figure out things like:
- Who would publish this?
- Who would buy this?
- How are books like this marketed?
- Character Design challenges
- Can I make characters that demand stories be written for them?
- Will people fall in love with my characters?
- Can I refine my style so that it’s more consistent?
- Short stories
- because practice makes perfect
- Performing short stories
- Hearing stories out loud helps me improve and refine my writing style
- Environment design
- practice building worlds where adventure can take shape
- worlds that inspire!
So wish me luck, and hopefully you won’t mind hearing about my new obsession as I shift my content to support my latest adventure.